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Front-runners of India’s Premier Social Enterprise Honours Announced

The Sankalp Social Enterprise Awards 2015 have announced winners from 6 high-impact sectors


April 14, 2015: At the recently concluded Global Sankalp Summit 2015, held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, Intellecap announced winners of the 7th edition of the Sankalp Social Enterprise Awards. Attended by over 1000 stakeholders of inclusive development including leading policy representatives like Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon Union Minister of Road, Transport and Highways, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hon. Minister of Science & Technology, Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon Minister of State for Railways and Shri Rajeev Pratap Rudy, Hon’ble Minister of State, Skill Development & Entrepreneurshipthe summit awarded the 3 winners USD 60,000 in cash grants.

Selected through a rigorous application, evaluation, and mentoring process (by the Intellecap Impact Investment network I3N) , that lasted over 6 months, these enterprises represented the best from sectors like Agriculture, Food and Livelihood; Clean Energy and Technology; Health, Water and Sanitation, Education and Vocational Training; Financial Inclusion; Technology for Development. The winners were selected by a high profile jury committee comprising industry leaders like Sunil Wadhwani, Founder Donor WISH India, Vikram Gandhi, Founder, Asha Impact, Dr Harpal Singh, Chairman Emeritus, Fortis Healthcare, Satya Bansal, CEO, Barclays Wealth Management and Arun Maira, Former Member, Planning Commission, Government of India

The cash grants were given out in partnership with Rianta Capital and the Artha Platform, initiatives of Tom Singh, OBE.

For the first time, Sankalp Finalists also leveraged a special partnership between Sankalp Forum and crowd-funding platform Ketto to get going on their fund-raise targets. Ketto is an online crowd-funding platform co-founded by actor Kunal Kapoor, and focused on social causes.

Aparajita Agrawal, Director – Sankalp Forum, said, “The true impact potential of social enterprises is at the base of the economic pyramid, therefore seeing an operational focus in low income regions of India is extremely encouraging.” She added, “This year we had 400+ applications out of which 63% were first time entrepreneurs, all seeking equity to tap newer geographies and markets.”

The winners for 2015 are:

Education: Better India – Collective Good. Driven by Stories, Technology and People.They use media & technology to help people do well. By sharing positive stories, they have built & inspired a community of people who are always sharing ideas with each other, helping each other with resources – and collectively doing good. The Positive Stories are the stories of unsung heroes, changemakers, innovations, education, children, women empowerment, travel, history, arts & culture, social development – the list is endless. Link:”

Water: Drink Well Systems – Provides clean drinking water through its technology in arsenic –affected areas affordably. Drinkwell is poised to transform the global water industry by transforming the world’s water crisis into entrepreneurial occasion by using a micro-franchise model to establish local water businesses in arsenic-affected areas. By providing affected villagers with water filtration technology and business tools, Drinkwell taps into the entrepreneurial spirit within these communities to create jobs, generate income, and improve health outcomes. Building off of 200 profitable deployments across India, Laos, and Cambodia through local partners, Drinkwell Systems deliver 60x more water, is 17x more energy efficient, and reduces waste by 7 orders of magnitude compared to Reverse Osmosis, the current best practice. They aim to save the 200 million people from drinking arsenic and fluoride-contaminated water from death by giving them a healthier, profitable future. Link:

Clean Energy: Swami Samarth– Develop and sell clean cook stoves and improve quality of indoor air and women’s health. Swami Samarth’s vision is to provide ecofriendly and fuel efficient cooking options for families in rural India at an affordable cost and with easy access to a supply of fuel. Link:

LivelihoodsJanta Meals: Janta Meals won the Sankalp’s People Choice Award 2015. The organization prepares and serves affordable meals to the blue-collar working class population in Delhi-NCR region. Nutritious meals are prepared in a clean and hygienic central kitchen run by women from the local community, and sold through a network of micro-entrepreneurs, franchisees, and institutional clients like NGOs, factories, and government bodies. Micro-entrepreneurs pay back the money over 5 years. Through bulk purchasing, efficient usage of fuel and mechanised cooking, prices do not exceed INR 20 per meal.

Clean Energy: The Sankalp-Alliance Technical Assistance Grant 2015 was conferred to “BioLite” which won a technical assistance grant of USD 10,000 –  BioLite is a developer and manufacturer of advanced energy products that make cooking with wood as clean, safe, and easy as modern fuels while also providing electricity to charge cell phones and LED lights off-grid. BioLite’s HomeStove is the only biomass stove in the world to achieve 90% emission reductions without external power, or to generate electricity from the flame to charge mobile phones and LED lights. It is an aspirational, durable technology consistent with local cooking practices, dishes, and fuels.

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